She was everything I would hope she would be. Charming, diffident, conscientious, giggly, determined, straightforward, a little crazy and enormously warm. She inspired absolute devotion in everyone who worked with her. My Doctor Who experience just wouldn’t be the same if my TARDIS hadn’t been graced by the lady who lit up my childhood and helped me fall in love with it all in the first place. As a child I was delighted to know Sarah Jane Smith. As an adult I was privileged to know Elisabeth Sladen - David Tennant
Thank you Russell T Davies, without whom there wouldn’t be a 50th anniversary.
- Both Elizabeths in The Day of the Doctor were Zygons.
- The Zygons wanted to trick the Doctor into doing something for them, so copied Elizabeth as a honeytrap. They then copied her again, the intention being that the Doctor wouldn’t expect both of them to be copies and if one copy got discovered then the second one could still finish the job.
- Whatever the Zygons wanted the Doctor to do required him to be King of England and Wales. (Not prince-consort, given the time period. And not Scotland, since the thrones weren’t united until James I.)
- The real Elizabeth I has met the Tenth Doctor only once - in The Shakespeare Code.
- However. Upon returning to court from wherever she’d been during Day of the Doctor, Elizabeth was informed that she had been there all along and had married a man known as the Doctor, who was now King. She was shown the painting as evidence.
- Elizabeth now had to fight to convince her courtiers that an imposter had taken her place and that she still had full rights to her hard-won kingdom. She ordered search parties sent out to find the imposter Elizabeth and the ‘king’, but neither was ever found.
- Until, that is, many years later the Queen went to view the opening performance of Love’s Labours Won, and there he was. The man she’d been hunting all these years, the man who had nearly taken her throne from her…